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Learning by Doing: Archaeological Excavations as ‘Communities of Practice’ (2019)


The international and multidisciplinary Keban Dam Rescue Project, which took place between 1966 and 1975 in Eastern Turkey, brought scientists together to document and study the past of a landscape about to be submerged. The archaeological teams at Keban each constituted separate groups united around what they were to do in the field. This article examines the manner in which members of these archaeological ‘communities of practice’ learned how to undertake Turkey’s first salvage excavations. If such communities can form the basis for both archaeological knowledge and learning, they can also become the source of exclusionary practices, historical erasures and epistemic injustices.

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Authors & Contributors
Browman, David L.
Romer, John
Romer, Elizabeth
Craddock, Paul T.
Ramage, Andrew
Balter, Michael
Bulletin of the History of Archaeology
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Ethnohistory: Journal of the American Society for Ethnohistory
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
Checkmark Book
Harvard University Art Museums
Free Press
University Press of Colorado
Berghahn Books
Insegna del Giglio
Excavations (archaeology)
Scientific expeditions
Starr, Frederick
Nickerson, William Baker
Bingham, Hiram, III
Kozlov, Pyotr Kuzmich
Andersson, Johan Gunnar
Putnam, Frederick Ward
United States
Middle and Near East
20th century, early
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
Bronze age
Rossiiskaia Akademiia Nauk

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